Country music meets bowls

THE Wednesday of the Tamworth Country Music Festival saw me juggle publicity commitments for artists and defence, do an interview as I returned to being a journalist, write stories and play lawn bowls for the country music team against the Tamworth Regional Council mayor’s team.
It is a different look at the festival for me this year, after more than a decade of writing about it, and I’m loving the new perspective.
I spent time with the talented Adam Brand who has a surprise for his fans with his new album, which comes out in a couple of weeks. It’s upbeat and fun and encompasses everything that Adam is about.img_3234Later in the morning, I discovered that lawn bowls is not going to be a sport that will feature heavily in my future as I joined Paul Grierson’s team, from Simply Bushed, and took on the mayor’s team. img_3238
I’m not sure whether we won or not as I had to leave early, but we were doing well when I left (none of it was my doing as I was lucky to keep my bowl out of the gutter). Dobe Newton was dressed appropriately loud as usual as he showed off his prowess on the rink against Col Murray.img_3236
It was then back to publicity and CMAA duties, but not before I saw Seleen McAlister perform for a very short time. She is one of the loveliest people around as well as being a talented entertainer. We haven’t known each other that long, but in October she drove from Brisbane with her family, just to support a charity head shave and trivia night I held in Tamworth. She is a Golden Guitar finalist on Saturday night and I wish her all the best.img_3243
I also got to see Paul Costa perform for a short time on the Fanzone stage and checked out some fantastic buskers. Peel St was alive and pumping again today and the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, but it did bring a welcome cool relief for a few moments.img_3248
We are on the downhill run to the end of the festival, which is a sad situation to be in. However, I am going to soak up as much as I can before we get to Sunday and the beginning of Post-Festival Depression.

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